Welcome to week 24
Pre – K Class
This week has been a good week for your children. I’m going to show you what we did during this week.
In Language Arts Writing/Reading: Students keep reviewing the alphabet every morning. We are focused on all the letters phonetically, we were doing activities with disordered letters. This week we were still focused on all the vowels, uppercase, lowercase, phonetically and grammatically, we were remembering different words that begin with them and also reviewing how to write them upper case and lower case. We placed all the letters on the floor they had to match the uppercase letter with the lowercase letter. One by one they created a monster, they were describing the monster to the rest of the class, after that we will show how are the monsters that we have created with the indications of the others. We played to distribute and placed all the cards of words that begin with different vowels. We have started doing activities in which they have to write the missing vowels..
This week we read some interactive tales: “El pez arcoiris”, “El dragón de agua azul”, “La leyenda del arcoíris” and “El mago de Oz”.
In Math: We practiced every day to put the numbers of the month in the correct order on the wall, we did it messily. We also count out loud until number 60. We were counting backwards from 10 to 0. They are still practicing how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. We were reviewing activities in which they have to write the number with a quantity of objects. They had to find the objects that are the same. They were finding the differences between two images. We were reviewing geometric shapes and doing different patterns.
In Music: We were singing “El viejo McDonald”, “Yo tenia 10 perritos” and “Tengo tengo tengo”.
In Physical Education, we were playing baseball with the bats and inflatable balls, after that we were playing throwing the bag with the balls up and trying all together that it did not touch the ground. One of the students had to run with a lot of bandannas around his/her body and the rest had to catch all of them while they are running. We were doing some obstacles races and playing catch games.
In Science, we have been learning the plants. We have planted lentils in a cup of yogurt.
In Geography/History, we learned about various cities of different continents. We saw a little the history of ancient egypt.
In Visual Art: we were doing different crafts: we made a jester, clover leaves, a leprechaun for St.Patrick’s day with foam sheets, and we painted with water colors.
This week we had 3 English days and 2 Spanish days. Students practiced writing diagraph ‘Ch’ and reading words that begin and end with ‘Ch’ They learned that diagraphs are two letters that make one sound. They will be introduced to other diagraphs like sh, th, and wh after we come back from spring break. They were also introduced to words ending in –ing like eating, walking, playing, sing, fling, sling, and zing.
Students have begun to check their How To writing pieces using COPS. (Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling)
In Math, students continue to learn about 3D-shapes (pyramid, triangular prism, and triangular pyramid).
In Science, students are learning about moon phases: luna nueva, cuarto creciente, cuarto menguante, luna llena
In History and Geography, students learned about the states in the Southwest region. Next week they will learn about the Midwest.
In International Studies, students have begun to explore Venezuela’s culture. Next week they will learn about Venezuela’s music and Joropo (traditional dance).
First Grade Class
We cannot believe that we have almost successfully completed 6 months of school. To witness the growth of our first graders day in and day out does not cease to amaze me. Let’s dive in and see what Week 24 was like for first grade.
This week, students had a blast reviewing diminutivos (diminutives) and learning about aumentativos (augmentatives). Some of the words sounded funny to our first graders which made them more excited to learn the different ways of saying certain words. They are slowly becoming experts on this language arts skill.
Technology has come in handy many times during our school year. Our students are excellent learners and benefit a lot from visuals and auditory resources. Here you can see our first graders working on Arbol ABC’s website practicing their memory skills, math skills and literary skills. They really have a blast when they can use technology for learning.
Students continued working on their “Make Way for Ducklings” book report. Students reviewed their introduction paragraph as well as their first body paragraph. This week, they added a second and third body paragraph. They are excited to write their conclusion paragraph before they begin the proofreading process.
In first grade, we make sure we always make the most of our fitness. While we constantly exercise our brains, we also find the time to exercise our bodies and our students enjoy that very much.
Students celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by doing finger painted 4 leaf clovers and drawing/painting a rainbow with its pot of gold.
In Mathematics, they traced, identified and quantified numbers in multiple ways with St. Patrick’s theme. In addition, the children traced, colored and identified the shapes we have learned about in class using this week’s theme as well. They also identified which item that was diferente (different) in the set of friends and St. Patty’s items. Lastly, the children colored the más grande (bigger) St. Patty’s item in the set.
In Reading and Writing, the children practiced levantado (vertical), dormido (horizontal), inclinado (inclined), tipi (combined inclined lines), ondulado (wave strokes) with St. Patrick’s theme. They also used ondulado strokes to help the carro (car) get to their casa (home). In addition, the children colored, cut, identified and glued images that contained or began with I or U like: imán (magnet), castillo (castle), indio (indian), uno (one), tortuga (turtle) and uvas (grapes). Furthermore, the children practiced writing their names. They also completed a teacher directed drawing of a pulpo (octopus). Lastly, they traced cuadrados y círculos concéntricos (concentric circles and squares) in a paleta/piruleta/chupete (lollipop) and around a urraca (magpie).
In Social Studies, our theme was Saint Patrick’s week. The children made olla con oro y arcoiris (pot of gold with a rainbow), titeteres de trébol (Shamrock puppets), perro de San Patricio (Shamrock Puppy), emoji trébol (Emoji Shamrock), used watercolors to paint an arcoiris (rainbow) and watched espuma/efervecente de baño en forma de arcoiris (rainbow bath bomb) react in water.
Koalas had another week filled with learning and fun activities. During this week our Koalas continued learning about animals, specifically about pets (mascotas). Kolas created a cat using forks and paint as their medium to create the master pieces. They also worked on making their very own fish tanks and created their puppies to take home. During this week the students also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by decorating green hats and worked their cutting skills while decorating shamrocks.
Vocabulary of the week:
pecera (fish tank)
Dia de San Patricio (St. Patrick’s day)